The Lenten fish fry is a New Orleans tradition, but not all of these events follow a traditional script. For instance, one from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday won't be held at a church but at a nonprofit urban farm for local high school students, and there is music, art and a menu with lighter options.
The local healthy food advocate Slow Food New Orleans (www.slowfoodnola.-com) is hosting this one-night-only event at Grow Dat Youth Farm (150 Zachary Taylor Drive, 504-377-8395; www.growdatyouthfarm.org), a youth development program operated from New Orleans City Park with acres of crops and a facility built from stacked, repurposed shipping containers.
Chef Don Boyd, founder of the nonprofit Cafe Hope (www.cafehope.org) in Marrero, and local Slow Food chapter president Gary Granata are preparing the food along with Moscow 57 (www.moscow57.com), a New York entertainment company founded by Ellen Kaye, whose family ran the renowned Russian Tea Room in Manhattan for nearly 50 years.
Guests can buy individual dishes at various stations around Grow Dat's campus or opt for a seated meal served in courses on a balcony overlooking the scene. The menu includes a garden salad, fried catfish, vegetarian gumbo z'herbes, pistachio shrimp kebabs, vegetable kebabs and fish kebabs, sour cherry rice and gelato and sorbetto from La Divina Gelateria (www.ladivinagelateria.com). Beer and wine will be for sale.
The night is billed as an "urban salon" with musicians, artists and authors participating. Admission is $5 (free for Slow Food members), and individual food tickets are $5 each. The seated meal is $50. For tickets to the seated dinner, call Boyd at (504) 460-4050.